A select group of electrical contractors, engineers, plant/facility professionals, and a Code expert met on Feb. 3 in Los Angeles prior to the start of the Electric West 2003 Show to evaluate the more than 100 entries in this year's EC&M Product of the Year competition. Their evaluation criteria was pretty simple: Will this product help me do my job faster, safer, smarter, or more profitably?

Now that they've finished their work and narrowed the field down to a select group of 20 products, we need you to help pick the winner of this year's competition. Once you've looked at the following nominees and picked your favorite, e-mail us with your selection. But don't take too long to make that pick - the deadline for voting is April 15, 2003.

The 2003 Platinum Award winner will be announced on June 10th at the Electric Show in Washington, D.C.

Here's a list of the 20 finalists.

  • American Power Conversion (APC)

    - Power StruXure

  • Arlington Industries, Inc.

    - Snap2it Zero to 90 deg Connector

  • Dewetron

    - Portable Power Quality Analyzer (PNA-600)

  • Dranetz-BMI

    - Multi DAQ Taskcard for PL4300

  • Extech Instruments Corp.

    - Model 470 True RMS Multimeter plus IR Thermometer

  • FCI Burndy Products

    - Patriot Battery Actuated Hydraulic Tool

  • First Edition Products

    - Drill Spotter

  • GE Multilin

    - Digital Feeder Protection Relay (SR F650)

  • Grasslin Controls

    - Lightmaster Light Level Sensor and Time Control

  • Ideal Industries, Inc.

    - LinkMaster Pro Tester (Datacom Cable Tester)

  • Ideal Industries, Inc.

    - Tracetek Advanced Fiber Adapter

  • Kohler Power Systems

    - PD-300 Series Paralleling Switchgear

  • Leviton Manufacturing Co.

    - Out of Sight Telephone Power Jack

  • Leviton Manufacturing Co.

    - Dimension D3200 Series Controller/Dimmer

  • PVA Enterprises Corp.

    - Transient Block

  • Raytek Corp.

    - PhotoTemp MX6 IR Thermometer / Digital Camera

  • Siemens Energy & Automation

    - SARRACS Remote Breaker Racking System

  • Specified Technologies, Inc.

    - E-Z Path Fire Rated Cable Pathway

  • SymCom, Inc.

    - Model 460 Voltage Monitor

  • Thomas & Betts

    - XJG Rigid Conduit Expansion Coupling